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Business cartoons that provide useful Leadership Lessons

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A lighthearted look at managers and leaders through funny cartoons. They are funny because we immediately see how this happens, or something similar to it, in our working world. They can be a very …

A lighthearted look at managers and leaders through funny cartoons. They are funny because we immediately see how this happens, or something similar to it, in our working world. They can be a very useful source of insight and wisdom.


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  • 1. Leadership Lessons from funny cartoons Part 1
  • 2. Jokes often have a real meaning or lesson behind them Business jokes are often funny ...because these things really happen!
  • 3. Stretch The poor dog has no flex left in the lead. The only thing to stretch now is his neck! The demands for more ‘stretch’ are not going to work. It is too easy for managers to set ‘stretch goals’ rather than be creative and help to take the collar off or lengthen the lead. The problem must never be all poor Louie’s - collaboration and teamwork...by the leader...is what is needed.
  • 4. It is not as silly as it first sounds! There is a need for leading...and there is a need for following. If everybody in the organisation is trying to take the lead - it is going to be impossible to make progress. If everybody is waiting for someone else to take the lead - it is also going to be impossible to make progress. Whether you act as a brilliant leader or a committed follower, it should be a conscious choice - based on wisdom and situational awareness. Don’t be too proud to be a follower when its appropriate.
  • 5. It is all about ‘Direct Causal Links’ There needs to be one! It is important that people see a definite ‘causal link’ between what they do...and what they get. It is about ‘cause and effect’ i.e. their behaviour, performance or outlook directly causes a required outcome. If you want people to see things a certain way, to feel certain things are important or to do certain things - make sure that there is a direct link between individuals doing them...and getting the reward. “When Peter likes you” may work for Peter...its not very good for the organisation.
  • 6. ...just before we go on... If you like Jonathan’s SlideShares, you will love his book! An easy to read and entertaining book that provides you with the tips, hints and techniques that you need to influence people. Available on Amazon right now! Click here… ...lets continue...
  • 7. There are a number of lessons from this cartoon. ‘Group Think’ is one of them...which is when we all see the same thing because everybody else says it is that way as well. Its comforting to know that everyone agrees (but it should not be). The main lesson however is about ‘priming’ people. When someone tells you to expect a certain thing you are ‘primed’ to look at it this way...and therefore you do. As leaders we have to be careful about ‘priming’ people to see things the way we do because this stops useful questioning, innovative ideas and challenge. Leaders need to be challenged...it brings out the best in them. Beware! It is very easy to see what you are encouraged to see.
  • 8. Mixed Messages Beware the illusion of the ‘open door’ As leaders we all know about the importance of having an ‘open door’ policy - “anybody can come in at anytime to talk to me”. That is nice...but how many people do? We can ‘talk the talk’ of welcoming feedback and being collaborative - but does our body language and way of speaking make people want to do it? Beware the risk of giving a mixed message - it only confuses and frustrates.
  • 9. Who is at fault? Is it an excuse or a reason? Its obviously a poor excuse for not exhibiting leadership...just because you were not told to. Its hardly an advert for a strong leadership personality! It is clearly a poor excuse for poor performance. On the other hand it is not helpful if expectations are not clear or if roles are ambiguous. It is the manager’s role to make sure that expectations are communicated and understood. By the way - the real problem might be that the two of them are confusing ‘acting on initiative’ with leadership. Not the same thing.
  • 10. There are more leadership laughs on SlideShare… http://www.slideshare.net/DiscoveryCoaching/leadership-laughs-3 http://www.slideshare.net/DiscoveryCoaching/leadership-laughs-2
  • 11. Thanks for watching the slide show! Jonathan Frost is a Director of Discovery Coaching Limited and has been a consultant and coach for over 17 years. His focus is on enabling people to discover the practical tips, hints and techniques that are relevant to their everyday leadership life. He has extensive experience working with leaders at all levels in industries as diverse as Retail, Distribution, Utilities, Defence, Engineering, Local Government and Professional Services. If you would like to understand more about your leadership style, your approach and how it could be better...our coaching can make a difference. We would be delighted to hear from you. Email: jfrost@discoverycoaching.com web: www.discoverycoaching.com